Briffa’s services for artists and the creative industry include:
As an artist, you will come across various contracts throughout your career. It is crucial that you seek appropriate legal advice before signing any deals — failing to do so may result in you accidentally giving away more control over your art than you intended and losing out on potential income streams, as well as make you vulnerable to your work being reproduced or copied without your consent.
Briffa can advise on all contracts you may need to negotiate and sign, including licensing agreements, collaboration agreements, agency agreements, contracts with galleries and much more.
Briffa has a proven track record of acting for artists to enforce their rights against the unauthorised use of their work. If your art has appeared anywhere without your consent, this may be an infringement of your rights, for which you may be entitled to compensation.
We also frequently represent artists whose work or signature style has been stolen, copied or misappropriated by another artist. Although it is notoriously difficult to draw the line between inspiration and theft, Briffa is here to advise and explain the legal issues to you in a way that allows you to decide whether it is worth taking legal action.
Artist’s Resale Right or Droit de Suite
If you are selling works of graphic or plastic art (such as pictures, photographs, collages, paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and items of glassware) for over €1,000 and this work is later sold for a greater value, you may be entitled to a share of this resale value in the form of an Artist’s Resale Royalty. Briffa can advise on whether you are entitled to this and assist with the contractual and administrative steps you need to take to collect this royalty.
Protecting Your Other Artistic Work
More and more artists are active in more than one area of the arts. If you are a musician, author, actor, model, dancer or photographer in addition to being an artist, it is important that you take legal advice from someone with experience in those industries.
Our expertise spans various media and entertainment industries, including music, TV, film, fashion and design — we are always there to advise and assist, no matter which part of your creativity you need to protect.
Securing Rights to Art
If you are a company, agency or designer wishing to secure the rights to an artist’s work, Briffa can also help negotiate and finalise this deal as well as conduct any required due diligence to ensure that your interests are protected. Our industry-specific expertise means we are particularly well-equipped to anticipate which issues may arise and advise on the measures required to minimise your risk.
For more information on the above and to arrange a free meeting with one of our solicitors, please call +44 (0)20 7288 6003 or fill out our contact form.